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Goleta man charged in stabbing deaths of parents, sons
Goleta man charged in stabbing deaths of parents, sons

A Goleta man accused of fatally stabbing his parents, two children and the family dog was charged Wednesday with four counts of murder with special allegations and a felony count of animal cruelty. Nicolas Holzer, 45, appeared in a Santa Barbara County courtroom and delayed his arraignment and plea until Sept. 9. He was arrested Monday after authorities say he called police dispatch about 11 p.m. and calmly told them he killed his family. He was waiting at the front door when officers arrived, authorities said. Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies took Holzer into custody and went inside, where they found the bodies of William Holzer, 73; Sheila Holzer, 74; Sebastian Holzer,...

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